Everybody's favourite Naatu Naatu from the Telugu movie RRR, created history Monday morning [in IST] when it became the first ever song from an Indian production, to take home the Oscars for 'Best Original Song'. Naatu Naatu composer MM Keeravani and song's lyricist Chandrabose took to the Oscars 95 stage to receive a trophy each. Keeravani got playful in his winning speech when he said, "I grew up listening to the Carpenters and now here I am with the Oscars."
"Naatu Naatu" from #RRR wins Best Original Song at the #Oscars. https://t.co/ndiKiHfmID pic.twitter.com/d7ZSoRps2d— Variety (@Variety) March 13, 2023
THE OSCAR MOMENT ❤️🔥❤️🔥❤️🔥 #NaatuNaatu #Oscars95 #RRRMovie pic.twitter.com/0P0SLLfnOd— RRR Movie (@RRRMovie) March 13, 2023
'The Carpenters' were an American musical duo consisting of siblings Karen (died aged 33 in 1983) and the now 76 year old singer-songwriter Richard Carpenter. The 61 year old M.M. Keeravani reinterpreted one of The Carpenters' famous songs - Top of the World for his winning speech and sang,
"There was only one wish on my mind,
So was (on) (SS) Rajamouli's and my familys',
RRR has to win, Pride of every Indian,
And must put me on the top of the world"
MM Keeravani concluded his speech by giving a shoutout to his first-nephew SS. Karthikeya - RRR director SS Rajamouli's son (watch their reaction to Naatu Naatu's win below), who oversaw the entire international marketing of the movie. "Thank you Karthikeya and Variance films for making this possible. Love you all, Thank you", the composer said.
❤️🔥❤️🔥❤️🔥❤️🔥❤️🔥❤️🔥❤️🔥 #NaatuNaatu #RRRMovie #Oscars95 pic.twitter.com/yIDgYJlTXH— RRR Movie (@RRRMovie) March 13, 2023